Touch of Evil (1958) Filming Locations

Location #1: Opening shot

touchofevil01A touchofevil01B

Driving west on Windward Avenue, Los Angeles, California, United States

Location #2: The border / Exteriors

touchofevil02A touchofevil02Btouchofevil02C

Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles, California, United States

Location #3: Cabaret / The bridge

touchofevil03Atouchofevil03B touchofevil03C

At (and around) Pacific Avenue & Lighthouse Street, Los Angeles, California, United States

Note from the Webmaster: Marina Del Rey looks nothing like it did in 1958. Odds are, what served as the Cabaret has been demolished since.

Location #4: Ritz Hotel


At 57 Market Street, Los Angeles, California, United States

Location #5: Danger close

touchofevil05A touchofevil05B

Near Speedway & Windward Avenue, Los Angeles, California, United States

10 thoughts on “Touch of Evil (1958) Filming Locations

  1. thomas

    where did you hear that they filmed in palmdale? would love to know that location and if there is anything still there

    1. Alexandre L., Webmaster Post author

      If I remember correctly, the source for this was some online book found on Google Books. I figure this wouldn’t be too hard to dig up.

      Unfortunately, there was hardly any accurate information on its whereabouts.

    2. Troy

      I’m from Palmdale and it looked like to me it was filmed near Lake Palmdale known as Finley lake today is the 14 freeway which was not there

  2. Ray

    Great movie. Too bad it wasn’t shot in a real border town like calexico or downtown El Centro. Budget concerns I’m sure.

  3. Chuck

    The “Mirador Motel” scenes were filmed south of Palmdale at a motel called El Rancho Courson. It had been owned by Mel Courson, a Palmdale Chamber of Commerce president for whom a park in Palmdale is named. Courson died in 1952, so whether the motel was still operating in 1957 I don’t know. The motel was known to Hollywood: Courson said Ava Gardner stayed there in the late 1940s while Howard Hughes was visiting what is now Edwards AFB. The bungalows survived at least until the 1970s. Houses now cover the site. It is on Barrel Springs Road between Sierra Highway and the Antelope Valley Freeway, which hadn’t been built when “Touch of Evil” was filmed,

    1. Alexandre L., Webmaster Post author

      Well I’ll say! Impressive detective job here! Historical imagery nails it pretty quickly as the area was virtually an empty lot in the middle of nowhere fifty years ago!

  4. Bill walling

    Operating in 1957,8,9 and 1960 possibly longer. Marsh and Mary emery owned and operated the site in those years. Marsh passed and Mary moved to hesperia and built lake rotobo, named for her sons and now known as hesperia lake.

  5. Chris

    The building they used for Sanchez’s house is indeed still there. It is marked “1403”. It has an updated gate and wall at the front, but the shape and the balconies are still identifiable.

  6. Chris

    After the car blows up in the opening shot, the scene where Heston runs to the burning car was filmed at the foot of Horizon Ave right at Ocean Front Walk. If you look closely, you can actually see the Horizon Ave street sign. The building behind him as he runs, the one that says “Paradise Dancing” on it in the film is still there, on the corner of Horizon and Ocean Front, the front is now covered with a patio awning. The buildings next door to it are still there as well, but they had those big arches added to them sometime in the 70’s (according to dated aerial photographs).


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *